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October 23, 2014
Chemist broke the rules with steroid supplies for rugby team
  PHARMACIST linked to the Cronulla Sharks’ 2011 supplement program has been found guilty of professional misconduct, including supplying steroids and human growth hormones in breach of regulations.
Chemist Maged Sedrak, 59, who once produced peptides for controversial sports scientist Stephen Dank, had at least 18 breaches proven against him on Wednesday relating to the dispensing of regulated substances and improper record keeping. The infringements occurred while he operated Belgrave Pharmacy at Kogarah. Sedrak was hauled before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal following an investigation by the Health Care Complaints Commission. A panel of four members at the tribunal found the breaches amounted to two counts of unsatisfactory professional misconduct and one of professional misconduct. The list of breaches included dispensing testosterone without the proper authority and failing to keep duplicate prescriptions for “the supply of anabolic steroids”. Many breaches came after Sedrak was referred patients by Kogarah GP Dr Gregory Wilcox. Many breaches Sedrak supplied sleeping pills, including Stilnox, well above the manufacturers’ recommendation. The tribunal rejected his explanation that it was because Dr Wilcox prescribed them to elderly patients in amounts of 100. The pharmacist dispensed a human growth hormone to adults despite medical experts deeming it dangerous to do so because it was used to treat children suffering dwarfism, the tribunal heard. Sedrak told the tribunal his wife had used the drug to overcome tiredness and that he checked Dr Wilcox’s prescribing of it to patients to ensure its safety. The panel did not accept his evidence. He also failed to keep prescription records for anabolic steroids for “a number of years”, the tribunal heard. In July 2011, police and the NSW Department of Health raided his pharmacy and found “large amounts” of metformin, zolpidem and numerous “unlabelled vials”, the tribunal heard. Evidence found in the raid formed part of ASADA’s case against 17 Cronulla Sharks players who accepted backdated 12 months bans. The matter was set down for a further hearing from December 18. http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/chemist-broke-the-rules-with-steroid-supplies/story-fni0cx12-1227094801633